Skip to main content

Libraries, Politics and Art, Oh My!

Libraries, Politics and Art, Oh My!
Exhibition by Corinne Lightweaver
WVU Health Sciences Library
August 2022 - May 2023

Special event: 

  • Friday, Oct. 14, 12 PM, via Zoom, preregistration required: Collage Art: A panel discussion around collage as an art and therapy. This panel presentation is held in conjunction with Corrine Lightweaver’s collage display.
  • Presenters:
    • Anne McFarland, Assistant Professor, Art Therapy, Art Education and Art Therapy Program Coordinator
    • Linda Rosefsky,  Art Historian
    • Moderated by Sally Brown, WVU Libraries’ Exhibits Coordinator

EveryLibrary 2021 Artist-in-Residence Corinne Lightweaver’s exquisite collage-work is about the “delicate balance between people and nature as part of the story of public, private and school libraries.” The exhibition of collages, weaving animal imagery with people, domestic objects and architecture, debuted at Hastings Library in Pasadena, California in 2021.

Continues Lightweaver: “...Despite our increasing access to information via Google, there is no substitute for the human touch— for personal consultations with research librarians, for the camaraderie of reading or studying in community, for the gathering of community for cultural celebrations, and for welcoming immigrants to study for citizenship. I use the elements of collage the same way I use paint. I strive for a color balance, a sense of movement, interesting textures, storytelling, a provocation, and an invitation. The latter two are addressed to the viewer, but they also evoke the same in me.” 

Artist Corinne Lightweaver is the author of the art books  In the Breast of Health: Healing from Cancer through Art and  The Psyche’s Gifts: Art, Art Making, and the Journey from Mental Illness to Mental Wellness. Corinne still remembers the day she was finally eligible for her own library card. She recalls holding her mother’s hand as they walked into West Los Angeles Library and standing on her tiptoes at the librarian’s desk to sign for the card. Libraries have continued to have that magic for her throughout her life. Corinne lives on Vashon Island, WA with her wife and daughter.

EveryLibrary’s primary goal is to ensure stable funding and access to libraries for generations to come. For more information, visit